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ATHLETICS: O’Hara to run at Penn Relays, declared eligible

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2015 | 12:56 PM
Michael O’Hara

Calabar’s star athlete Michael O’Hara has been declared eligible by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association ('PIAA') to participate in the 2015 staging of the Penn Relays.

O’Hara’s legal team, led by local based Attorney Donovan St L. Williams of the firm Donovan St L. Williams and US based Attorneys Paul Greene of Global Sports Advocates and Steven Silver of McBreen and Kopko filed an emergency application in the Philadelphia Court, District of Pennsylvania and successfully challenged the PIAA’s decision to ban O’Hara from running at the Penn Relays.

The Court made an order directing the PIAA to conduct a hearing to properly consider the matter of O’Hara’s eligibility.

Subsequent to the hearing, the PIAA and Penn Relays agreed to reinstate O’Hara’s amateur status with immediate effect thereby allowing him to run at the Penn relays.

“Undoubtedly we are pleased with this decision and look forward to seeing Michael’s talent on display on the track,” Greene said.

Steven Silver who argued the case in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas said: “O’Hara is a maverick for mounting this challenge before a Philadelphia court and the PIAA”.

O’Hara and his mother Kereen are extremely thrilled about this outcome and are grateful to the Judge for her sound reasoning and direction.

O’Hara’s legal team is especially pleased that due process and justice has prevailed.